Traveling in the midst of the pandemic may still present challenges in 2021, but the industry is gradually picking up, with more flights up and running when compared to last year. If you have had the opportunity to fly, Singapore is a highly recommended destination to visit. Known for its cleanliness, greenery and amazing food, this Southeast Asian country is a melting pot of culture that has something for anyone in the world. If you’re itching to splurge on a long-awaited holiday, these are the top places to visit in Singapore for couples and solo travelers during COVID.
It’s unusual for travelers to take their time to explore the airports of their destination, but Singapore is definitely one of the best places to begin or end your tour. The country has had the best airport in the world for some time now, and its winning streak has been consistent due to the ever-expanding terminals that come packed with new facilities.
Believe it or not, there’s so much to do in this globally renowned airport that tickets are up for grabs to take a tour that consists of gardens, art pieces, net-based trampolines, canopies, mazes, and much more. Jewel is a new mall added within the airport and offers even more sights like the HSBC Rain Vortex, Canopy Park, and a Changi Experience Studio. The airport alone will warrant a day set aside if visitors want to see what it takes to be the best airport in the world.
Singapore’s population prides itself on being a model example of racial harmony. The three prevalent races include Chinese Malays and Indians. With so many other cultures added into the mix and rapid technological advancement, it can be difficult to distinguish certain cultures at their roots - Little India and Chinatown are the ideal places to explore, should you want to experience traditional cuisines and shopping.
Many cities have a “Chinatown”, but Singapore’s version is possibly one of the truest to its name. With the majority of the local population being Chinese, the locale offers some of the best dishes made from familiar local staples. If you’re looking for cuisines that come directly from China, there are eateries at Chinatown that hold up to its namesake; providing delicacies from many different regions of China.
Shops, parlors, monuments, and even quaint neighborhoods add up to a culturally rich atmosphere that distracts visitors from the more urban portions of the city for just a little while.
Little India shares many similarities with Chinatown in terms of the cultural richness that many visitors can appreciate. South Asian cuisines are diverse and Little India has been the comfort spot for many Indian nationals and Bangladeshis. The locale offers a wide range of cuisines, retail shops, markets, services, and even media content that caters to locals and foreigners alike. For anything related to South Asian culture, Little India has something for everyone.
Another unusual landmark; there aren’t many hotels in the world that have gotten such a distinctive architectural and cultural image to the point where it becomes a national symbol. The Marina Bay Sands is one of the few exceptions, and much like Changi Airport, it introduces luxury in an incredibly unique way. The mall itself has a traditional Chinese boat service that tours visitors around.
Within the same proximity, guests can access the SkyPark Observation Deck and marvel at the view of Singapore. Light shows from the hotel itself are a perfect complement to the magnificent view. The hotel’s Infinity Pool almost pulls off its namesake, with the swimming pool stretching across the Marina Bay Sands’ rooftop, should guests want to admire Singapore from a different angle.
Gardens By The Bay is just a short walk away from the hotel, but it goes hand in hand to accurately present the blend of modern and traditional. As its name suggests, this attraction is filled with the botany of different sorts, backing Singapore’s informal title as the “Garden City”.
Its rich botanic spots include the Flower Dome, The Cloud Forest, Floral Fantasy, Supertree Grove, and much more. The blend of contemporary sculptures and natural botanicals bring Gardens By The Bay to life, and will successfully give you a complete day should you take your time to smell the roses.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Sentosa, an island in Singapore that is a haven of Singapore culture and one of the best destinations for an all-day outdoor experience. The island was a coastal fort that served as a station for Singapore’s defense during World War 2 and hosts an on-site military museum known as Fort Siloso.
Although somber, this is one of the best touring spots around for history enthusiasts. Siloso and Palawan beaches are the choice to pick for visitors who are yearning for more sea and sand. There are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants to keep you occupied, should you need to shop or cool off.
Resorts World Sentosa is more than just a place to stay. Opened to the public, some of its most enticing options include the theme park, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Dolphin Island, and much more.
It’s difficult to squeeze all these fun activities in only a couple of days while still covering other landmarks, but finding a place at Sentosa or nearby will ensure that you will never run out of things to do.
Do you want to spend a day far away from the humdrum of city life? Visit Sadllahpur Golap Gram (Rose Village) in the vicinity of Dhaka. This place is located at the Birulia union in Savar. The village of Sadullapur stands on the bank of the Turag River. Here some farmers commercially produce and trade roses, that is why this place is called ‘Golap Gram’ which refers to ‘Rose Village’. Stay with us to know how to plan a one day trip to Sadullapur Rose Village.
Farmers cultivate Mirandi variety of rose flowers at Sadullapur village year-round. So you can visit this rose village at any time of the year. If you want to please your eyes seeing rose gardens filled with vast amounts of roses, visit Golap Gram during the months of June or July.
However, you may know that winter is the perfect season to grow fresh roses. So, those who want to enjoy the cherubic beauty of fully bloomed roses should plan their trips in the winter months. In this season, roses are in perfect size and shape. And, the whole area is mesmerized with the aroma of blooming flowers.
Image: Sadullapur Rose Village, Savar, Dhaka
Sadullapur Golap Gram can be reached through different routes.
You can reach Mirpur embankment from Jatrabari, Gulistan, or Farmgate via local bus services. Besides this, starting the journey from Gabtali or, Mirpur Section No. 1 or Mirpur-10 you can arrive at Diabari Bat Tola Ghat by local transport rickshaw. If you are living in other places of Dhaka, hire a CNG-powered auto-rickshaw or taxi cab to reach Diabari Battala Ghat. But don’t get confused about ‘Diabari Bat Tola Ghat’ with the ‘Diabari’ of Uttara.
At Diabari Battala Ghat, shallow engine boats – locally known as Trawlers – commute to Sadullapur every 30 minutes consecutively. The cost is BDT 25 taka per person. The journey may take about 40 minutes to reach Golap Gram. You can also hire a Speedboat, or a kosha boat, or a shallow boat to arrive at Sadullapur. In that case, you have to spend BDT 250 to 500 for the trip.
At Diabari Battala Ghat, boating service is available from 6.30 am to 5.30 pm. It would be wise to end your tour at the rose gardens before 5 pm; so that you can return to Dhaka before evening. You can visit the whole Sadullapur village on foot or by rickshaw.
Image: Garbera and Gladiolus Flower Gardens at Sadullapur, Savar, Dhaka
If you start the journey from Tongi station, rent a reserved CNG to reach Birulia Bridge through the Kamarpara route. In an alternative way, from Uttara Mascot Plaza or Uttara House Building, North Tower, you can reach Diabari via local transport Leguna. It will take a few minutes to reach the main road on foot. There you can rent a local car to reach Birulia Bridge.
From Birulia Bridge, you will get shared autos to arrive at the Sadullapur Rose Village. The fair is around BDT 20 per person. Birulia Bridge is the best route to visit this rose village. On the way, you would get enthralled by the heavenly beauty of rose fields laid across the horizon. If you reserve an auto to reach Sadullapur, then you can visit the rose gardens by stopping your auto in different places.
On the way to reach Golap Gram vai Birulia Bridge, you would find vast gardens of various kinds of flowers including Garbera (Jarvara), gladiolus, rosemary, etc. There is an ancient banyan tree in the vicinity of the Birulia Bridge.
The main attraction of Sadullahpur Golap Gram is the wide-spreading rose gardens filled with different colors of Mirandi roses, including red, yellow, white, etc.
Here the morning dews get trapped in the petals of roses creating divine splendor. Each garden has unlimited numbers of flower-plants. You can walk through the narrow paths across the rose gardens and get to mingle with nature for a while.
Besides rose gardens, there is a palace called Birubari Rajbari and a mini zoo called ‘Lake Ireland’ in Sadullapur.
You would find tea stalls under the Banyan tree at Shahdullapur ghat. Here you can drink tea with some snacks. There is a local hotel/restaurant near Sadullapur Ghat. You can have breakfast or lunch in this place. However, it would be best if you can carry some food from home.
Image: Sadullapur Rose Garden Savar Dhaka
There are several markets in this locality where farmers sell their produced roses and other flowers. For instance, some farmers sit to sell roses at Abul Kashem Market located in Shyampur village. This place is called Golaper Haat (the market of roses). Flower businessmen from all over the country gather in this place to buy flowers in bulk. Here trading of roses continues up to late-night starting from the evening.
Besides these, there is another market called the Sabu market at Mostapara. Some farmers sell flowers in this place. The trading of roses and other flowers continues in these markets year-round. Sadullapur rose village can fulfill almost half of the flower-demands of Shahbagh Flower market in Dhaka city.
You can purchase roses from the farmers. But usually, the farmers don’t show interest in selling roses in retails.
- If you commute to Golap Gram by personal transport, park your vehicle at the designated place.
- Do not pluck roses or other flowers from the gardens without permission.
- Do not enter the flower gardens after the evening.
- Do not irritate the farmers while they remain busy in carrying out their livelihood activities.
- Stay away from any kind of immoral and unsocial activities.
Following the course of development, people leave the villages for better education and employment opportunities. But still, the city dwellers miss village life from the core of their hearts. If you are looking for a village-like tranquil place for being nostalgic about the golden days of your childhood and spending some quality hours with your family, consider the Zinda Park resort near Dhaka. This place is also recognized as Oikotan Eco Resort. Read this article to know how to reach Zinda Park and what to see in this place.
Zinda park proposition is an innovative attempt taken by the founder Tobarok Hossain Kusom, and his four school-friends who dreamt to develop their village as an idol for the other villages to follow. With the aim to the provision of modern facilities and improve the lives of the villagers, those five legends formed an association called ‘Augnibina Students Forum,’ which is currently known as, ‘Orgopathik Palli Samity’. The association started its journey with a small deposit. Afterward, they built the park and the associated infrastructure slowly over the years with help of the local people and villagers.
Zinda Park is one of the best resorts near Dhaka. This eco-resort is located under the Daudpur union at Rupganj Upazila of Narayanganj district. It is an amazing place for a picnic or family day out. Spreading through a vast area of 150 acres, Zinda Park eco-resort is enriched with 10 thousand trees of different species.
The park features about five reservoirs, tree houses, cottages, a restaurant, a mosque, a market, a library, a school, a canteen, and a mini zoo. The lakes have four well-equipped boats to serve the tourists. In this Eco Park, several benches are provided sporadically to sit and relax. The natural greenery and architectural aesthetics of Zinda Park mesmerize the visitors.
Following the dream of making an idol village, diverse essential infrastructures have been constructed in the Zinda Park Eco Park. These infrastructures and facilities are efficiently run and managed by the locals. Interestingly, this project survives by generating its own income. Zinda Park's proposition has not only improved the life of the local people and villagers; but also created various employment opportunities for them.
Zinda Park has a nice school called ‘Little Angels' where local pupils study from grade one to ten. Architect Sayedul Hasan Rana has wonderfully designed the classrooms allowing the free flow of ample air and sunlight. Proper ventilation has minimized power consumption. The brick façade is eco-friendly and aesthetically beautiful. This eco-park owns a library on 0.33-acre land offering free access to the local students. This is a serene place to sit and read peacefully. Here the construction work of a college is going on.
Zinda Park authority has provided land and necessary infrastructure for a community clinic. Thanks to the Government of Bangladesh for assigning community health workers to this clinic for providing free medical facilities to the local people and villagers.
The mud and straw built cottages of Zinda Park represent rural Bangladesh. You can rent those cottages for a day, to experience the rustic life in an authentic way. It is a great way to introduce the beauty of the village to your kids who are born and raised in an urban atmosphere. The cottage-rents range from BDT 3,000 to 5,000 per day. You don’t need to worry about food arrangements.
Zinda Park eco-resort hosts a restaurant for the visitors. Here you can find delicious food servings starting from breakfast to dinner. You can choose from a variety of local food menus such as rice, pulses, vegetables, chicken curry, beef, etc. The cost of dinner/launch for one individual may range up to BDT 280. If somebody carries food from home or outside, s/he has to pay a small fee of BDT 30. The villagers operate this place proficiently.
Zinda Park eco-resort has a mosque and an Eidgah that can accommodate up to 400 devotees at a time here. These places feature magnificent architecture built with rare terracotta collected from different parts of the country. There is a graveyard near the mosque. Here the workers and contributors of Zinda Park along with their family members are buried.
Zinda Park Eco-park has a memorial in remembrance of the freedom fighters in the independence war of Bangladesh in 1971. Zinda Park has an open space to celebrate different occasions, including Pahela Baishakh. Every year, a village fair is arranged on this occasion and the local entrepreneurs set their stalls of different products. What is more? The Zinda Park committee arranges a nice setting for Bangla folk songs under a banyan tree that represents our Bengali culture.
Zindapark community village has a parking arrangement. So, you can commute to this place by personal car or motorbike, and utilize the authorized parking facility.
Zindapark eco resort has its own security system. You can choose this place to revive your mind in a tranquil rustic environment away from the humdrum of urban life. This park is completely safe for family and kids. However, if you want to enjoy a picnic in the Zindapark resort, it is recommended to inform the authority at least three days in advance.
Situated at Rupganj Upazila in Narayanganj, Zinda Park community village is only 37 kilometers away from Dhaka. The easiest way to reach Zinda Park from Dhaka is the Purbachal Highway – the 300 feet road at Kuril World Road. You can go to Zinda Park by bus. This route passes through Kachpur Bridge via Bhulta-Gausia.
First, get to Kuril World Road from part of Dhaka city. Here you will find a BRTC bus to reach Kanchan Bridge adjacent to the Kuril rail line. The Zinda Park eco-resort is located only 5 kilometers away from the Dhaka-City-bypass road before Kanchan Bridge. From the corner area of the bypass zone, you can hire local transport to arrive at Zinda Park. The fare would be around BDT 25 to 30. However, you have to pay more for reserved transport. You can also reach Zinda Park on your own transport.
Another route to Zinda Park runs through Tongi Mirer Bazar via by-pass road. Starting the journey from Dhaka via the bypass road, Zinda Park is accessible through Tongi Mir Market. Zinda Park is only 28 kilometers distant from Tongi. Zinda Park Eco Resort is open each day of the week. Here the entry fee is only 100 taka.
Like the adults, the kids’ require recreation for healthy mental and physical developments. In our hectic city life, kids’ hardly get an opportunity to play, have fun, and relax. Some kids like virtual reality games; while some others love physical games. Virtual gaming equipment is expensive. And, playing outside the home may expose them to the risk of accidents. Read this article, if you are looking for a safe, hygienic, and caring place where your children can spend some fun time with exciting virtual and physical gaming facilities. Here we are going to highlight the top indoor playgrounds for kids in Dhaka city.
Ultimate Fun Factory was inaugurated on the 16th November 2018 by Bashundhara Group – one of the pioneer business conglomerates in Bangladesh. It is one of the biggest vertical gaming zones in South Asia. Located at Basundhara City Shopping Complex in Panthopoth, this gaming zone is easily accessible from different parts of Dhaka city. In the 19-storied Bashundhara City shopping complex, Ultimate Fun Factory occupies a vast space ranging through five floors (level 14 to 18).
With the slogan ‘Unleash Your Inner Hero’, this gaming zone has been organized with diverse exhilarating virtual games and thrilling rides for the kids. Some of the popular games include laser tag, air Hockey storm, bowling, VR shooter Walker, speedy air hockey, interactive cinema shooter 7D, multidimensional cinema 5D, Batman, laser maze, simulator roller coaster, paragliding, VR War Field, fly max, Jurassic Park, Walking Dead Shooting, etc.
The entry Fee at Ultimate Fun Factory is about 50 BDT per person. Depending on the category, the cost of gaming ranges from 100 BDT to 300 BDT for each person. For the five different floors, Ultimate Fun Factory offers 5 types of gaming packages ranging from BDT 500 to700. Depending on the age of your kids, you can choose a floor-based package to let them play multiple games in the specific gaming zones. This place is fully closed on Tuesday and half-day (until 2.00 pm) closed on Wednesday. The visiting hours are from 11 am to 9 pm.
Babuland offers innovative gaming experiences for the children. Babuland Indoor Playground has several branches in different parts of Dhaka city, including Mirpur, Uttara, Badda, and Wari. The Babuland Playgrounds have claimed their positions among the top indoor playgrounds in Dhaka city. These playgrounds have been enriched with multiple facilities for kids aged up to 10 years old.
The magnificent interior of BABULAND lets your children spend fun times in a world of surprise, thrill, and excitement. Babuland assures that this exclusive indoor play zone maintains a clean and healthy environment with properly sanitized toys and rides. Besides providing a vast playground for Kids, Babuland offers a comfortable lounge where the parents can wait and relax.
The entry fee is about BDT 300, for every kid aged from one year to ten years old (height under 120cm). For every infant aged up to 12 months, the entry fee costs BDT 150. The entry fee for each parent is about BDT 200. The kids can enjoy all rides of the Babuland Playground for two hours duration. Babuland visiting hours are 3 PM to 10 PM from Monday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, Babuland is open to the public from 11 AM - 10 PM. To enter this playground, you need to carry socks for each kid, or you can buy them from the reception.
You can book Babuland services through Babuland apps. Babuland App Services include Buy Membership Package, Buy Entry Tickets, Food List, Upcoming Events, Kids Achievement, playing Quiz, etc.
Babuland Playground Addresses are as follows. Babuland Mirpur is located at Mirpur Shopping Center Complex, Mirpur Rd, Dhaka 1216, Babuland Uttara is found at North Tower, 12th Floor, Sonargaon Janapath, Dhaka 1230. Babuland Wari is placed at 29 Rankin Street, Rose Valley Shopping Mall Level 2 Wari, 1203. And, Babuland Badda is situated at BTI Premier Plaza, Bir Uttam Rafiqul Islam Avenue, Dhaka 1212.
“Kids Funville” is an indoor amusement playground where children of different ages can stay cheerfully engaged for hours. This International standard Game Zone is located at Tokyo Square Shopping Complex (9th floor), in Mohammadpur (Block-C, 24/A, Tajmahal Road) under Dhaka city. “Kids Funville” has been designed, organized, and furnished for Kid's amusement with a bulk of soft, eye-catching, and stimulating play equipment.
“Kids Funville” has got popularity as an exciting venue with a joyful environment where the young kids and children can stay active and participate in diverse fun games. Especially, during the hot summer days and rainy days, “Kids Funville” could be an amazing place for kids’ day out. Besides, keeping the kids active and healthy, these facilities can help your children explore their inherent talents and creativities. The authority claims that "Kids Funville" is clean and safe for the children.
This place is covered by the Central Air condition facilities. Here both the children and parents can spend time in a safe and secured environment; as every nook and corner is monitored by the CCTV cameras. “Kids Funville” is closed on Thursday. The visiting hours are from 11 am to 9.30 pm from Friday to Saturday. From Sunday to Wednesday, this place stays open from 03 pm to 9.30 pm.
The holiday season is approaching and we’re all in need for a good vacation. This year hasn’t been the easiest and working from home can be a tall order for some. All things considered, Bangladesh has gotten away quite easy compared to other countries around the world. Nevertheless, a short staycation would do anyone some good to round off 2020, and these staycation spots in Bangladesh deserve a try.
Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden
Recognized as one of the best hotels in Dhaka, the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden is the perfect place to consider if escaping the bustle of urban life is on the top of your needs. The resort houses 200 guest rooms that vary from private suites to family-friendly options. If this vacation is for the kids as well, Radisson offers tailor-fit services like rollaway beds, connecting rooms and even infant beds to make your visit as easy as possible.
Facilities in this place include three premium restaurants, health clubs, conference centers, full-service spa and of course, a large swimming pool. Radisson doesn’t break the mold nor relies on gimmicks; when it comes to premium services, the brand holds true to its reputation. If the hotel facilities start to bore you there are many landmarks around worth a visit. The Bangladesh Army Stadium and Army Golf Course are approximately 20 minutes away by foot, while Dhaka’s urban hotspots aren’t extremely far off either.
Many customers have put the spotlight specifically on the top notch quality of Radisson’s quality of service; certainly not a factor to be overlooked. In general, if you’re looking for a relaxing escape and want somewhere quiet and serene to recharge, this would be the perfect choice for your next staycation.
Grand Oriental Hotel
Staycations can be a little pricey and some may not want to splurge that kind of cash during this difficult year, but Grand Oriental could be one to consider if you’re adamant about getting the bang for your buck. With axed prices in the hotel industry all over the country, Grand Oriental remains more competitive than ever. Starting as low as USD 50 and capping at USD 90 after discount; all rooms are realistically priced and opens up many opportunities to customers, without feeling restricted.
A lavish feast is essential to complete a vacation of any kind and Grand Oriental does not disappoint. Their menu prides itself with barbecue, continental and Thai food; capable of serving at their first class restaurant or in the banquet hall (best if you want to throw a party). Their service is 24 hours and can serve meals and snacks whenever you start to get the munchies.
Additional services include airport pickups, sightseeing tours and a fitness center. Grand Oriental isn’t the largest hotel around, but the entire experience is a luxurious one that will give you and your loved one more than enough time to take a break in Dhaka.
The Peninsula Chittagong
Moving on to Chittagong, The Peninsula is at the GEC Circle and is a mere five minute walk from Central Plaza. By car, it’s a solid 45 minute drive to the airport and only 20 minutes away from the Chittagong Railway Station. But then again, if you’re a Chittagong resident, the locale may not affect you as much as the resort itself.
The rooms themselves welcome guests with its ceiling high windows and ample space to immerse any resident with a good view of the cityscape. The hotel isn’t shy for choices when it comes to food either; offering a delectable combination of Bangladeshi, Indian, Thai and Chinese dishes. The Isles Bar is also a cozy haven that has the perfect drink for you to unwind.
Other facilities include spas, the highest rooftop swimming pool in the city, and a fitness center. Limousine and event services are also available options.Peninsula shines in giving its guests luxury with a view.